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Published: 08:26 | 21/7/16

Kenny hails his Dundalk heroes

Stephen Kenny believes Dundalk fully deserved their win over FH Hafnarfjordur to progress to the next round of the Champions League.

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week but a 2-2 draw at the Kaplakriki Stadium on Wednesday was enough to put through the Airtricity League side through on away goals.

Having fallen behind to a Sam Hewson goal in the 19th minute, David McMillan was the hero for Dundalk as he struck twice in the second-half to put the Lilywhites in front.

Kristjan Floki Finnsbogason levelled for FH in the 78th minute to leave Dundalk facing a nervy final few minutes, but Kenny's side held on to set up a tie against BATE Borisov.

"I felt that FH started well, and looked very comfortable. We looked like we were under a bit of pressure. But the last 25 minutes of the first half we were really in the game, and we're unlucky not to go in at least level," Kenny said.

"We really upped the tempo at half-time. We put a lot of passes together. It was only a matter of time before we cut these guys open.

"David McMillan got a great goal, and the second goal was a brilliant team goal. The last ten minutes we were hanging on, but we'll take it."

Dundalk are guaranteed a €1.2million windfall on the back of Wednesday's game but Kenny believes they can go further in the competition.

"I think we can get better than we were tonight. We've got to push on, not stand still, and devise a way of playing for next week and try and get a result," he is quoted as saying in the Irish Independent.

"We have to start our preparations now. We played the best that we ever have last year in Belarus and it's a stadium the players will enjoy, against an opposition they know well."

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